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• The Washington Post reports that Wegmans plans to open a new store in Germantown, in Maryland’s Montgomery County, possibly as soon as 2012. The store will be Wegmans’ ninth in the Washington, DC, region.

• The Seattle Times reports that Jones Soda “has signed a ‘letter of intent’ that could lead to its acquisition by a Los Angeles natural-soda-pop company called Reed's for about $10.1 million in stock and cash.

• Dollar General reportedly has filed a lawsuit against Fred’s Inc. another discount chain, charging that the company "unlawfully and deceptively" has adopted Dollar General's color scheme and typeface in a new advertising campaign. Dollar General says that the color and typeface represent its “most sacred” assets, and is seeking both a halt to the Fred’s campaign and monetary damages.
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